If you have old wine around the house, there are many non-alcoholic ways that it could be put to use to help you with your household chores or even various crafts, like using it as paint, disinfectant, or to build a fruit fly trap.
We have collected some of the most surprising uses for wine for you to try out!
1. Make your own watercolor paint.
We all know wine can leave a nasty stain, so why not take advantage of the color? Wine could be used as a watercolor paint. There is an unseen benefit to using wine as a watercolor paint: over time, depending on the amount used, the wine will actually change color. Your painting could change right before your very eyes!
It’s honestly probably the first time you’ll have fun watching “paint” dry.
2. Revive your dying car battery.
If you are having problems with your car battery, a little red wine can help you to recharge it. Because wine is acidic, it allows the electrons to flow freely between positive and negative terminals, providing energy for the car. The following video shows this.
3. Marinate your meat with it.
Old wine can even be used as a meat tenderizer and marinade. All you need to do is place the meat in a sealed bag, and the cooked meat will have a juicy, tender texture. Remember, enough cooking time and heat can help the alcohol to evaporate, allowing you to make a meal for the whole family.
4. Make a dye to add color to your fabric.
Let’s say you spill some wine. You could move heaven and earth to clean the stain, or you could just roll with it. It works similar to tie-dye. You can twist an item into the pattern you want using rubber bands and allow it to sit in boiled wine.
5. Soften your skin (in more than one way).
Wine can actually help your skin when used topically. You can apply wine to your face to make a DIY mask or add some wine to your bathwater. The wine’s powerful antioxidants could act to firm and increase the elasticity of your skin.
6. Clean your fruits and vegetables with a powerful wash.
Red wine can also be used to help clean fruit. Its resveratrol can help to kill bacteria that causes food-borne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli.
7. Disinfect your kitchen.
Scientists at Oregon State University have worked on developing a natural disinfectant from white wine. In addition to fighting salmonella and E. coli, it’s said that white wine could help fight against Staphylococcus aureaus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Scientists also found that white wine was effective in killing bugs.
8. Make a soothing bath for your feet.
Old wine can even improve your foot bath. Polyphenols that come from the skin and seeds of grapes used in red wine can be beneficial for your skin.
9. Trap those pesky fruit flies.
They say you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, so the basic principle still applies. All you need to do is place the wine in a glass to lure in the flies, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to ensure they stick, and place clear plastic wrap with a few fly-shaped holes for extra security. After all, flies love rotting things and wine is fermented! You can also see this trick being tested in the following video.
10. Speed up the healing process of any bruises.
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To be fair, this is a really old folk remedy, but it might have some merit. People used to dip a piece of bread in wine and place it on a bruise to help it heal faster. There is some background for this since wine does contain flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can soothe inflamed tissue.
11. Get rid of those pesky grease stains.
Usually we freak out when we spill wine on our clothes, but that only goes for red wine. Flooding a stain with white wine can actually help make it easier to clean. This is said to be especially helpful with grease stains. In fact, as seen above, wine is often used to make soap!
12. Give your Easter Eggs a nice, violet color.
You can color your Easter eggs using natural dyes and things you find around your home. Red wine can be used to give your eggs a nice violet blue color. Yes, violet blue, not red. Color is a tricky thing.
Traditionally, the first Easter eggs were red in color (and funnily enough, the dye was made using yellow onions!)
13. Give your compost heap a boost.
Red wine can actually help the environment! If you keep a compost heap, pouring some leftover wine in it can help activate bacteria that will turn the compost into fertilizer. It essentially jump-starts the decomposition process and can help manage moisture levels.
14. Give your hair some nice, red highlights.
If you have darker hair, then a splash of wine can help add a reddish hue. If you want this temporary color, mix wine with cocoa powder until you get a paste. Next apply it all over and leave it in your hair for 15 minutes. Then wash your hair as normal. For a more reddish color, you can also mix red wine with Henna powder, cider vinegar, olive oil, and ground coffee beans.
Bonus: Professional hair dyes can also help create a brighter, fuller shade of burgundy.
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Remember, whether you use a homemade wine paste or buy dye from the store, coloring your hair also depends on what color your hair is already!
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If you have light blonde hair, a wine dye can make it almost look purple (which is fine as long as you were going for purple). For darker hair, coloring might not show up unless you bleach your hair to a light brunette or even red beforehand.
Did any of these tricks surprise you? Are you going to try any of them? Let us know how it works out!